Country snapshots

In the countries contributing to this publication, alliancing is at varying stages of development and adoption. In some countries, alliancing or co-operative contracts of some form are being used and in others, it is not a concept which is well recognised. There is no country where alliancing is significantly developed and adopted in the construction industry but there are many examples of individual projects where this is being used or employers who are taking the lead in using this form of contracting.

What follows are three specific country case studies where alliancing has been more readily used (Australia, Austria and Finland) as well as a snapshot of the experience in a number of other countries listed below. 

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France

See the case studies:

Australia

Austria

Finland

Alliancing contracts are not widely used within the construction industry in France. The reason behind that is not apparent. Strategic alliances are well known in other industries such as air transport and software engineering to pool abilities, knowledge, know-how, processes, protocols and technologies, thus establishing joint partnerships and closer cooperation to strengthen and develop their position. Examples include Air France and Tunis Air for the increased development of French-Tunisian air routes (1999); CSC France and Sophis to reinforce their offer in software packages for financial institutions (2002); Total and Petrobras to reinforce their cooperation in the Brazilian upstream and downstream sectors (2016); and BNP Paris Real Estate and m3 Real Estate in Switzerland (2018).

There is an increasing development of complex construction and infrastructure projects in France. For instance, the offshore wind power sector, which is currently developing is highly dynamic and its projects are characterised by uncertainty and complexity. Implementing the alliancing approach to that type of project could be beneficial. It would also be a good fit for other complex projects in the engineering and construction industry. France may be currently witnessing, although timidly, the early stages of an adoption of this method of contracting by the construction industry.

Key contacts

Picarel_Pechndimaldjian_John
John Picarel-Pechdimaldjian
Associate
T +33 1 47 38 42 38